Searching for Court of Appeals Records in Ohioís Ninth District
The Ninth Appellate District in the State of Ohio includes four counties, which are Lorain, Medina, Summit and Wayne County. Apart from sealed cases, which are relatively unusual, the files fort cases before the Ninth District Court of Appeals are public record and members of the public are permitted to review them.
The Ninth District Court of Appeals presides over appeals that come from the Municipal Courts and Courts of Common Pleas in Lorain, Medina, Summit and Wayne County. When a party from a case in one of these courts files an appeal, the file from that case is transmitted to the Ninth District Court of Appeals. Therefore, the appellate case file will include not only records pertaining to events at the appellate level, but also all of the documents filed before the court below, such as pleadings, motions, and the entries, orders and decisions of the lower court. As new events occur before the appellate court, these items will also be included in the file, including any preliminary entries by the appellate court, briefs filed by the parties, and finally the appellate courtís decision.
If you wish to view the original of a Ninth District Court of Appeals file, the Court is located at 161 South High Street, Akron, Ohio. When parties present oral argument on their cases, the argument may take place at this Akron address in Summit County, or at one of the courtís other sites in Lorain, Medina or Wayne County. To find directions to any of these locations, please visit the Directions page of the website for the Ninth District Court of Appeals, found here: http://www.ninth.courts.state.oh.us/Directions.htm . If you wish to know in advance the oral argument schedule of the Ninth District Court of Appeals, information is posted about two weeks in advance at this website: http://www.ninth.courts.state.oh.us/Calendar.htm .
If you intend to view a Ninth District Court of Appeals file in person, it is a good idea to have the case number of the Court of Appeals case available. Bear in mind that the case number for the case at the Municipal Court or Court of Common Pleas level is not the same number that will be on that case at the appellate level. To obtain the Court of Appeals case number, you can first go to the websites for the clerks of courts for the Ninth District Court of Appeals and attempt to search for the desired case by name to obtain the case number.
For Summit County and Loraine County, Court of Appeals records are available for viewing online through the clerk of courts websites for those counties. The web address for the Summit County Clerk of Courts is http://www.co.summit.oh.us/clerkofcourts/index.htm . The web address for the Loraine County Clerk of Courts is http://www.loraincounty.com/clerk/ . For each of these web sites, there are search options available that include Court of Appeals records filed in that county. For the remaining two counties, Wayne and Medina, the Clerks of Courts for those counties offer searchable options to obtain records from the lower courts in those counties, but not appellate records. However, an online search on these websites can still reveal information about events that transpired in a case before the lower courts. The Clerk of Courts website for Medina is located at http://www.co.medina.oh.us/clerk/clrkhome.htm . The Clerk of Courts website for Wayne County is http://www.waynecountyclerkofcourts.org/.
If you wish to search for a decision rendered by the Ninth District Court of Appeals, you can search for it here: http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/rod/newpdf/ . In the drop-down menu next to the word Source, select Ninth District Court of Appeals. Next to the option Decided, select the year in which the decision was rendered. Then input the name of a party of the case number in the window marked Full Text. Please do not attempt to enter the case number next to the words WebCite No., since this pertains to a separate online file number and not to the actual case number. After your search criteria has been entered, click submit to see the list of search results. Then you can click on any of the listed items to view the corresponding decision of the Court.
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